Tipping Point North South

is creating Films, Campaigns and Events - "Creative Activism"
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We are seeking to grow our production and campaigns fund by building a community of ‘fund angels.’ As a Fund Angel, you are an ambassador for the fund as well as incentivising others to give so that, together, we can support outstanding films on key issues to be made. In return, you will receive

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About Tipping Point North South

Tipping Point North South

Tipping Point North South (TPNS) is a co-operative that supports and initiates creative, campaign-driven projects that advance the global social justice agenda. It is a ‘for the benefit of community’ co-operative, set up to work in the film and creative industries as well as within the not-for-profit sector ie with colleagues and partners in the international NGO campaign community. Its primary interests are to serve ‘community’ at all levels – from local to national to international – through these two key routes and with a particular focus on global social, economic and environmental justice issues.

Tipping Point Film Fund




“ The need for documentaries that ask hard political questions is greater than ever, as the main TV producers and channels abdicate their responsibility. So many stories to tell, so few make it to the screen. Good luck to Tipping Point Film Fund.”
        Ken Loach – film director and Palme d'Or winner

TPNS trades as Tipping Point Film Fund (TPFF) through which much of its activity is based and it works with/supports film-makers to maximise impact through campaigns that run alongside their feature-length documentary films. Tipping Point North South received vital support over three years from The co-operative, through its sponsorship of Tipping Point Film Fund. Now we need your support to maintain and grow the fund.

We have a passion for Film & Social Justice in equal measure and our roots are deep in the social action campaigning world where, to understand the big issues affecting all of us, you need to dive deep into the structures that underpin them. We know film can help us to understand these big issues and we need your help to do this.

We are creating a fund supported by individuals joining us on a film’s journey – from development to production, distribution to campaigning… combining the energies of film-makers, film-goers and activists – and building a base of forward looking, committed supporters backing great films and film-makers.

At the same time as building our network of supporters we build relationships with other organisations as a way of securing additional development and production funding for specific projects. We work closely with the not-for-profit sector in the UK and overseas; traditional film industry funders and ethical businesses.

Tipping Point Film Fund is a non-profit co-operative enabling the public to support films for change through dedicated giving. A fund that grows year on year with your support.

“I’m fully supportive of what Tipping Point Film Fund is doing. To use the medium of film to move and inspire people to get involved in important social justice issues is critical… we have an opportunity right now… we must make use of that opportunity and momentum and ensure our voices are heard."
        Danny GloverActor, Producer and Campaigner

Why your donation makes a difference

When there is so much to challenge in the world, when there is so much to make better, how can one person make a difference? Well you can and supporting issue-based films with grassroots 'take action' campaigns is one way – with more impact that you might realise!

" I reached in one weekend more people than 20 years of taking my slide show from town to town."
        Al Gore on his film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

Your donation, no matter how small, can help achieve many things on different levels – from bringing a film and its message to the widest possible international audience (general public to decision-makers) through to films that tackle underlying unfair structures that keep many people and nations poor, and this may be economic or environmental, it may embrace human rights or be conflict related.

In the way that the debt cancellation campaign released more money for poor nations than any amount of aid, so films have huge potential to operate in the same way – getting to the root of a problem, revealing it, and pointing the way to deep and meaningful solutions – solutions that involve us, here, in the rich world.

The film ‘ Black Gold ’ is an example of this – it not only challenged the big coffee importers to operate more fairly, it increased the income for some Ethiopian coffee farmers, as well as being the catalyst for those farmers patenting their coffee bean. And it showed how the World Trade Organisation was profoundly stacked against producers from a country like Ethiopia.

“ Having been closely involved with a feature documentary that was very effective in its effort to raise awareness about Palestine, I know how important it is to back film-makers who have stories to share with us – often personal stories which can have both personal and political impact. Tipping Point is giving invaluable support to such projects.”
        Jeremy Hardy – comedian

Current slate of film productions

So far, TPFF has acted as executive producer for two feature-length documentaries:  Open Bethlehem and We Are Many.

Open Bethlehem was released in the UK in 2015; had its Bethlehem Premiere in Spring 2016 and continues its screenings programme around the world. It has been selected by Guardian as its 'not-to-be-missed' film of the week:

“Leila Sansour’s documentary Open Bethlehem follows her campaign to stop occupying Israeli forces encircling her hometown with a concrete wall. Sansour’s film, which follows her attempts to unite Christians, Muslims and Jews in their desire for free access to the Holy City, is the kind of art that peace processes are built on.”  
        Peter Bradshawthe Guardian's film critic



“The global protest against the Iraq War on 15 February 2003 was a pivotal moment in recent history, the consequences of which have gone unreported. Amir Amirani’s We Are Many chronicles the struggle to shift power from the old establishment to the new superpower that is global public opinion, through the prism of one historic day. I urge you to support this film in whatever way you can.”
        Oliver StoneAcademy Award winning film director

We Are Many was released in the cinemas in May 2015 and will be released in the USA in 2016. The cast includes names such as Danny Glover, Ken Loach, Mark Rylance, Brian Eno, Damon Albarn, Tony Benn, Jesse Jackson, Hans Blix, Norm Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Ron Kovic and Medea Benjamin among others. It premièred at Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK, getting a standing ovation from the audience, much feedback on twitter and some brilliant reviews. 

“A work of beautiful rage. Provokes anger and goosebumps”
Empire

“consistently intelligent and nuanced”
Variety

“incredibly ambitious… gripping. The only film I’ve ever watched where the audience started clapping halfway through…” ★★★★★
Huffington Post

“rousing and moving, it’s a film that should be seen by the many” ★★★★☆
Radio Times

We are raising production funding for our fully developed film The Power of Us about co-operation. The film will show there is a global movement that is offering an alternative to the neoliberal economy and will initiate an urgent and timely global conversation about the power and possibility of co-operation.

Furthermore, we have several films in development, including:
  • a feature documentary comprising a dozen short films by leading figures on the critical issues facing the UK public as it moves towards its 2020 General Election;
  • a TV programme(s) about overspending on high-profile military procurement projects;  
  • a long-form drama about arguably the greatest British Prime Minister of the 20th century, Clement Attlee, who was instrumental in the creation of the National Health Service and the welfare state.
"Cinema has an unstoppable power to convince…And I suspect, as the years go by, it will become the only medium with which we can influence the world."
        Robert Fiskjournalist, author of 'The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East'

Other Activities

In addition to the development and/or support of outreach campaigns to run alongside cinema documentaries through TPFF, Tipping Point North South also initiates stand-alone issue-based campaigns. Currently, our primary campaigns are  From Pink to Prevention - stopping breast cancer before it starts and the Five Percent Campaign to redirect excessive global military spending to global social need via the ‘ 5% Formula’ – a feasible formula for delivering deep, sustainable cuts to military spending applicable by civil society across the globe.

   

More and more of our work is partnership focused. It may be film based, campaign based or a mixture of both and to date, has embraced a range of partners. Examples of our partnerships:

Bethlehem Unwrapped Tax Justice Network Alliance for Cancer Prevention Greenbelt Festival

Coming Activities

We are developing the international follow-up to  Bethlehem Unwrapped. MAKE APARTHEID HISTORY will include events simultaneously held in multiple cities around the world as part of its celebration of Mandela Day, every July.

In addition, as the result of a commission to make a short documentary commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King and the radical campaigning history of Christian Aid, we are developing an international solidarity campaign moment marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's death in 2018.

In 2017, to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of UK Prime Minister Clement Attlee (1945-51), we are planning a series of events to celebrate his life and achievements of his radical post-war government.
As a small but highly productive organisation, we can achieve even greater things with your generous support enabling these ambitious projects happen and be successful.

Our diverse body of creative activism

Please check out ' Creations' to get a flavour of our activities so far - videos, photographs, comics and reports. Here is the showreel of our work. If you are interested in more details, have a look at hightlights of our work at our website.

Why fund us


"Cry Freedom achieved more to tell the world about apartheid in South Africa in one year than all my years on Robben Island…"
        Nelson Mandela

Funding for our work at Tipping Point North South comes, in part, from concerned individuals who share our belief in the power of ordinary people coming together to push for social justice. All our activities - films, events, campaigns - tackle important, political and often marginalised social, economic and environmental issues. This, in addition to our own ethical requirement, limits our sources of funding, especially in this current climate of austerity. Our main sources of funding to date, namely grants and major donors, have also been hit by the recession. Nevertheless, our belief that our "creative activism" is integral to a healthy civil society is reflected in the feedback we receive about our work. We know it chimes with concerned citizens, many of whom express their admiration and encourage us to carry on. This makes us determined to build on the reputation gained, along with key creative partnerships formed in recent years, to expand the scale and scope of our work.

Our team currently consists of a non-remunerated management committee, two committed freelance workers and several other occasional part-time/volunteering workers. With TPNS's very limited financial resources, all workers have been making TPNS projects possible by giving considerable amounts of volunteer time to the organisation, which is only sustainable in the short term.

This is why we  are reaching out to you - to ask you to join our core patron base. With your support, we can spend all our time and energy on our core work - executive producing films, managing social-action campaigns and organising campaigning events - and make a difference to the world around us without the need to worry about day-to-day costs and expenses. You can be the "tipping point" to enable our Film Fund to significantly support one or two films in any given year, as well as in-house funding to organise international/national social justice events and campaigns.

"TPFF aims to unite 'campaigning networks, independent film goers and online social networks, through a mix of regular giving, one-off donations and support from major donors' and I hope so much that it takes off. I’m a massive advocate of 'crowd-funding' and this is a perfect opportunity to invite people who love documentaries to roll up their sleeves and help make it happen. So, go donate, OK?!"
        Charlie Phillips – former Deputy Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest

We will give regular updates to our activities. As a Patron, you will be among the first to see teasers and trailers of our films, highlights of our events and videos of our campaigns. You will be first to know about upcoming events, previews and special screenings of our films so you can book/request your tickets in advance. And of course, as a committed supporters of TPNS, we will actively seek your feedback to improve our future work.

Furthermore, if you are a Fund Angel, you will receive Angel-only behind-the-scenes updates and be invited to occasional 'Meet the Directors' events. Finally, if you are financially capable and love our work, please consider become one of our Major Donors.

As a Major Donor, you will receive Special Thanks in the credits of our work. You will also be informed of our latest new ideas and proposals and be able to have your say at the early planning stage of these projects. 

If you would like to make one-off donation to us, you can pledge any amount and delete your pledge once you receive a verification email that your pledge was successfully charged. Just be sure to delete your pledge and you will not be charged moving forward. This is because Patreon is built for recurring payments.

Alternatively, you can make one-off donation directly to us on our website here or contact us. We would be delighted to hear from you, discuss further with you about our work and how you can get involved.

We want to make more films and create campaigns that can change the world for better. We need you to catch this vision – and make the future different. One that is fair, just and clean. Join us.

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